Malaria is a serious problem in th Chogoria community. From data collected in the past two years, 65% of people have had malaria in the past year. We conduct malaria education trainings about preventing, testing, treatment, and protecting vulnerable populations with our loan groups, at community outreach events, and at churches and schools. Then we distribute long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets for everyone in the household of the trainee. To ensure that the nets are being utilized and have not been sold or given to other people, we conduct a Home Health Visit. In evaluations 6 months after this malaria intervention, only 25% of the population has experienced malaria, representing a 40% drop in malaria incidence.
During 2010, The Public Health Program completed 35 trainings on malaria prevention, trained over 800 people, distributed 1,000 long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets and visited over 500 people in their homes to provide individualized health education and counseling.